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A GENEALOGY 



The Hiester Family 



By V. E. a HILL 



PRINTED FOR PRIVATE DISTRIBUTION 



LEBANON. PA. 

REPORT PUBLISHING COMPANY 

1903 



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1 "Knowledge of kindred and the genealogies of the ancient families 

v' dcscrvcth the highest praise. Herein consisteth a part of the knowledge of 
a man's own self. It is a great spur to virtue to look hack on the worth 
^-} of our line." — Lord Bacon. 



Coat of Arms of the Hiester Family. 



[Copiei] from a record of the Hiester family by Mr. H. M. M. Richards, of Beading, 

THE origin of the Hiester Family was the Silesian knight, 
Premiscloros Hiisterniz, who flourished about 1329, 
and held the office of Mayor, or Town Captain of the 
city of Swineford. 

"A. D. 1480, the Patrician and Counsellor of Swineford, Adol- 
phus Louis, called 'der Hiester,' obtained from the Emperor 
Frederick, letters patent whereby he and his posterity were au- 
thorized to use the coat-of-arms he had inherited from his ances- 
tors, to whom it was formerly granted, with the faculty of trans- 
mitting the same as an hereditary right and privilege to all his 
descendants. 

"The Hiester family was afterward diffused through Austria, 
Saxony, Switzerland and other countries bordering on the river 
Rhine. Several of the members were distinguished statesmen 
and ministers of religion and among the Senators of Homburg, 
B-emen and Ratisbon, where many of the same name were found 
who afterward held the highest and most important offices in 
said cities. 

The first part of this sketch Is a translatiou from the German by G. Von Wagner, 



"The Hiester Arms, as used in 1637 by Dr. Lawrence Hiester,* 
a distinguished German surgeon of his day, are : 

Arms : Azure, a sun, or. 

Crest: Between two horns, surmounting a hehnet affronte, a 
sun, as in the Arms. 

"The Hiester Arms, as used by the American branches, and ob- 
tained by them from their early ancestors, are : 

Arms: Azure, a pair of horns proper over a star of eight 
points, or, ' 

Crest: Between two horns surmounting a hehnet afronte, the 
horns and star as in the Arms. 

"When we bear in mind the fact that in the early days of 
heraldry it was customary for an attendant esquire to "blazen" or 
blow a horn, to attract the attention of the audience whilst the 
armorial bearings of the contestants in tournaments were pro- 
claimed, and that hence, in Germany especially, it became the rule 
amongst the nobles to place their crest between two horns sur- 
mounting the helmet, we can readily see that the Arms of the 
American Hiester family are practically the same as those in 
Europe, which possibly are correct. The slight discrepancies in 
the American Arms are doubtless owing to the emigration of the 
family, and their subsequent separation from the fountain head. 
The two horns in the field of their escutcheon are unnecessary, not 
being a part of the armorial bearings. It is sufficient to have 
them as part of the crest. It may be probable that the eight- 
pointed "star" of the American Arms is a corruption of the orig- 
inal 'sun' in the European Arms, which it so closely resembles." 

•Loi-enz nc'lstLT.— Born at Frankfoit-oli-the-MaIn, Sept. 10, 1683; died at ndmstidt, 
April 18, 1768. A Germuu surgeon, professor of surgery at Uelmstedt from 1720. lie 
was the founder of moderu Ocrman surgery. 



Concerning the Name Hiester. 



[Copied from a letter written by Mr. H. M. U. Richards.] 

THE original spelling of the name Hiester is "Hiister," 
which is pronounced the same. The latter is the Ger- 
man form. The former is merely spelled as we have it to 
get the pronunciation of the original. The German word "Hiis- 
ter" is the name of a species of lark. Families get their names in 
many peculiar ways. We all know about the "Smiths," "Carpen- 
ters," etc. One of our family names, "Washington," came from 
the town "Wessyngton," adjoining their original possessions. In 
the same way "Muhlenberg" is derived from the old city "Miihl- 
berg." It may be that the original Hiister home had a number of 
these larks about it. 



Brief Sk^ch of die Hiester Family. 



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time and labor of its subjects, they naturally cherished in the 
minds of their descendants a loft\- spirit of freedom. Accordingly, 
when the Revolutionani- War broke out, they were among the first 
to enroll themselves in the Ust of ''Associaters." The eflScient ser- 
vices of this class of citizen soldiers, which was organized by 
electing two brigadier-generals at Lancaster on the 4th of July, 
1776, afterward rendered, in the campaigns of New Jersey, Xew 
York, Delaware, and the lower parts of Pennsylvania, is a well 
known matter of histon.-. Daniel of Montgomen.-, John of Ches- 
ter, and Gabriel of Berks, the three eldest sons of Daniel, entered 
the service as field officers, the two former with the rank of colonel 
and the latter with that of major. William, the fourth and young- 
est son of Daniel, although also enrolled, did not, on account of 
his extreme youth and the infirmit\- of his aged parents, serve 
more than one campaign. Joseph Hiester, afterward Governor 
of Pennsylvania, the only son of John, entered the servnce as a 
captain in the 'Tiring Camp,"" and ha\-ing been made a prisoner 
at the battle of Long Island, and confined on board the notorious 
Jersey Prison Ship, New Jersey, he was after his exchange, pro- 
moted to the rank of coloneL After the war, he and his two 
cousins, Daniel and John, were elected to the rank of major-gen- 
eral of the militia in their respective districts. The popularit>- of 
these men, gained by their devotion to country-, and the pubUc 
spirit during the eventful struggles of the Revolutionary War, 
never forsook them. After the conclusion of peace, they all en- 
joyed by the suffrage of the people, a large share in the coimdls 
of the State and general government General Daniel Hiester was 
the first representative in Congress under the present constitution, 
from Berks county, of which he had in the meantime become a 
citizen. In 1796 he removed to Maryland, where he was again 
repeatedly elected to the same office, from the districts composed 



of Washington, Frederick and Allegheny counties, until the time 
of his decease, which occurred at Washington city in the session 
of 1801-1802. 

"Joseph Hiester was elected a member of the convention which 
met in Philadelphia in November, 1787, to consider and ratify or 
reject the present constitution of the United States ; and in 1789 
he was a member of the convention which formed the second 
constitution of this State. Under that constitution, he and Gabriel 
Hiester, who had also been a member of the convention which 
formed the first State constitution, were repeatedly elected to the 
Legislature, the latter continuing either in the Senate or House of 
Representatives, uninterruptedly for nearly thirty years. General 
Joseph Hiester, after the removal of Daniel to Maryland, repre- 
sented his district, composed in part of Berks county, in Congress, 
and about the same time General John Hiester was also chosen a 
member of the same body from Chester county. Both were re- 
elected for a series of years — the former, until he resigned in 1820, 
when he was elected Governor of Pennsylvania, and the latter un- 
til he declined a re-election, and retired to private life." 



Hiester Record. 



[An exact copy of a translatiou from the Germau of a record of tbe Hiester family, 
taken from an old German Prayer Book and Book of Lessons and Exortatlous, printed 
In Cassel, 1746.] 

THIS beginning is made in the name of the Lord. 
"1713, on the 1st of January, the father, Daniel Hiester, 
was born, and on the 7th of January he was baptized. 
His father was Johannes Hiester and his mother Catharine Hies- 
ter ; his birthplace was in Germany in the Borough (Dorf) Elssof 
in the Grafschaft (township) Witgenstein. 1742, on the 29th of 
September he entered into wedlock, or was married to our moth- 
er Catharine Schulerine ; he lived in marriage with her forty-six 
years. He died, or exchanged this life with the everlasting, Sun- 
day, on the night of the 7th of June, 1795, a little after one o'clock 
— therefore he lived in this world 82 years, 5 months and 7 days. 
He was buried on the following Tuesday, the 9th of June, at three 
o'clock in the afternoon, at which time his four sons were present, 
Johannes, Daniel, Gabriel and Wilhelm, together with their wives. 
Likewise his daughter Margaretha, his eldest child, with her 
husband, Philip Hahn, and also many friends, relatives and neigh- 
bors and many strange persons. He was buried at the stone Bern 
church, in mother's grave, which is to the left of him. They have 
one gravestone together, with their respective inscriptions. His 
funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. young Mr. Wilhelm 
Hendel, preacher of the Tulpehockon and also of this community. 
His funeral text was in the 73d of the Psalms of Asaph, the 25th 
and 26th verses (as follows) : 'If I only have thee, I care nothing 
for heaven or earth. Though mine body and soul may die, still 

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thou, O God, art my heart's consolation and mine own.' They 
brought forth during their marriage five sons and two daughters, 
of whom the one son, Samuel by name, died in his childhood. 
The youngest daughter, Catharine, who is married to Jonathan 
Bischoff, was not present at father's funeral. The children were 
born in the order they were named above, only Catharine and 
Samuel are between Gabriel and Wilhelm the youngest child. I 
and my brother Daniel were present when he died. 

"Page 5. — On the loth of June, 1757, our son Wilhelm was 
born. 

"Page 7. — On the 30th of September, 1751, our daughter 
Katarina was born. 

"Page 7. — On the 17th of April, 1754, our son Samuel was 
born. 

"Page 9. — On the 17th of June, 1749, our son Gabriel was born. 

"Page II. — On the 25th of June, 1747, our son Daniel was 
born. 

"1804, the 7th of March, our brother Daniel Hicster died in the 
city of Washington, being a member of Congress from Washing- 
ton county, Maryland ; he was buried in Hagerstown. He reached 
the age of 56 years, 8 months and 10 days. (Written by his broth- 
er William Pliester, on the 7th of March, 181 1. His aMve-men- 
tioned birthday was written down by our father, Daniel Hiester.) 

"Page 13. — 1745, on the 9th of April, our son Johannes was 
born. 

"Page 15. — 1743, on the 26th of June, our daughter Margaretha 
was born. 

"Page 17. — 1765 (or 1767), on the 7th of May, Dan's first son 
was born, whose name is to be Martin. 



"Page 19. — 1776, on the i6th of March, Betz's son Michael was 
born. 

"Page 19. — 1768, on the 5th of November, Dan's daughter was 
born, whose name is Susan. 

(On last page of book.) 

"Susanna Hahn wrote this in the year 1789. 

{Loose sheet.) 

"This is done in the name of the Lord on the 28th day of De- 
cember, 1799, as follows : 

"In the year of Christ 1757, on the loth day of June, I, Wilhelm 
Hiester, was born in Old Goshenhoppen, in Upper Solford town- 
ship, at the time being in Philadelphia county. My father was 
Daniel Hiester, born in Germany in the Grafschaft Witgenstein. 
My mother was Catharine Hiester, born in Schippack, Philadel- 
phia county; her father was Gabriel Schuler, a low (nieder) Ger- 
man. I remained with my father in Goshenhoppen until I was 
seventeen years of age, when we moved to Reading, and here I 
stayed with my father until my marriage which took place on the 
14th of March, 1784, at which time I moved to Bern township, 
and have lived there until this day, the 2d of December, 1799. 

"1758, on the 28th of December, my wife Anna Maria Hiester, 
was born in Tulpehockon, Lancaster county. Her father wa^ 
Isaac Meyer and was born a short distance from Lancaster ; her 
mother was Catharine Meyer and was born in Tulpehockon. 

1784, on the i8th of March. I, William Hiester and Anna Maria 
Hiester, were married to each other in her father's house, between 
twelve and one oclock, by the Rev. Mr. Schulsz, preacher in Tul- 
pehockon. On this occasion there were present my father Daniel 

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Hiester, and my brother Gabriel Hiester. Her mother Mrs. Cath- 
arina Meier ; my wife's brother Johannes Meier, and my wife's 
sisters Elisabeth, Catharine and Eva. 

"N. B. — My (William Hiester) baptismal witnesses were my 
mother's brother William Schuller and his wife Elisabeth. 

{Back part of book.) 

"This is done in the name of the Lord, 28th of December, 1799. 

"1785, the 22d of June, our eldest son Isaac Hiester was born, 
between ten and eleven o'clock in the morning — his baptismal 
witnesses were his grandfather Daniel Hiester and grandmother 
Catharine ; he was baptized in Reading. 1786, on the 22d of No- 
vember, our daughter Catharine was born, between eleven and 
twelve o'clock in the night. Her sponsor in baptism was Eva 
Meyer ; she was baptized in Meyersville. 1789, on the 3d of Feb- 
ruary, our daughter Elisabetha was born. Her sponsors in baptism 
were my brother Gabriel Hiester and his wife Elisabeth ; she was 
baptized in Bern township, in Berks county, in our own house; 
she was baptized by the Rev. Wagner. 1790, on the loth day of 
October, our son, Wilhelm Hiester was born at three o'clock in the 
afternoon. His sponsors in baptism were my brother Daniel Hies- 
ter and his wife Rosina. He was baptized in Bern township, 
Berks county, in our own house. 1793, on the 4th of March, our 
daughter Maria Catharine was born. Her sponsor in baptism was 
Eva Meyer. She was baptized in Bern township, Berks county, 
in our own house ; she was born at eight o'clock in the morning. 
1795, on the 13th of October, between one and two o'clock in the 
morning, our son Daniel Jonathan Hiester was born. His spon- 
sors in baptism were my brother Daniel and his wife Rosina. He 
was baptized in Bern township, in our own house. 

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"i797> on the 14th of June our daughter Rebecca was born be- 
tween eleven and twelve o'clock in the night in the sign of Aqua- 
rius. She was baptized by the Rev. Wilhelm Hendel, Jr., and her 
sponsors in baptism were my brother-in-law Johannes Meyer and 
his wife Catharine. 

"1803, on the 9th of June, our son Johannes Philip Hiester was 
born at ten o'clock in the morning, in the sign of Aquarius. He 
was baptized on the 31st of July following. His sponsors in bap- 
tism were the Rev. Wilhelm Hendel and his wife Margaretha. 
He was baptized in our house in Bern township. 

"This is done in the name of the Lord on the 4th of June, 1817. 

"On Monday, the 21st of April, in the year of our Lord 1817, 
our daughter Elisabeth died between twelve and one o'clock in 
the morning, in her husband's house in Tulpehockon township, 
Berks county, Pennsylvania. Her husband was Jonathan Miller, 
a son of Benjamin Miller. They brought forth together two 
daughters, with the youngest of whom she departed this life on 
earth and changed it for the everlasting life in heaven. She was 
born on the 3d of February, 1789, consequently reached the age of 
28 years, 2 months and 18 days. Her funeral sermon was preach- 
ed by the Rev. Wilhelm Hendel, preacher in Tulpehockon. The 
text was the i8th verse of the 8th chapter of Paul's Epistle to the 
Romans, as follows : 'For I reckon that the sufferings of this pres- 
ent time are not to be compared with the glory which shall be re- 
vealed in us.' 

"N. B. — Juliana Hiester Miller, her first daughter, was born on 
the 23d of October, 1813. She was baptized in the house of 
Elisabeth Miller's father in Bern township. Juliana Hiester 
Miller's sponsors in baptism were Wilhelm Hiester and Maria 
Hiester, her, Juliana's, grandparents. She was baptized by the 
Reverend Jacobus Reyley. 

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"Maria, 1793, 4th of March, died March 24, 1845. 

"Daniel was born 1795, the 13th of October; died March ist, 

1835- 

"Elizabeth Miller, born February 3d, 1789; died April 21st, 
1817, aged 28 3'ears, 2 months and 18 days.^^^^ 

"Daniel Hiester was born January ist, if4-s, died June 7th, 
1795, aged 82 years, 5 months and 7 days. 

"Catharine Schuler Hiester died August 17th, 1789, aged 72 
years, 11 months and 7 days." 

This ends the prayer book record. 



Origin of Family 



"The Hiester family is of Silesian origin. Three brothers, 
Daniel, John and Joseph emigrated to Pennsylvania early in the 
eighteenth century, and their descendants have been prominent 
in civil life. Daniel had several sons, viz : 

1st. John, of Chester county, born 1746, member of Congress 
1807-1808, resigned and was succeeded by his son Daniel, 1809- 
1810. 

2d. Daniel, of Montgomery county, born 1747, a representa- 
tive in Congress from Pennsylvania, 1789-97, and from Maryland, 
1 80 1 -5. 

3d. Gabriel, of Berks county, for thirty years in the State Leg- 
islature. 

4th. William, the youngest son,* for a short time in the Conti- 
nental army, whose son William, born 1791, of Lancaster county, 
was a member of Congress in 1833-5, and died October 15th, 1853, 
and whose daughter Maria C. married Edward T. Clymer. . . . The 
first-named, John, had a son Joseph, a member of the conven- 
tion to ratify the Constitution of the United States; repeatedly 
elected to the State Senate and House; member of Congress 1797- 
1807, and 1815-21; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1819; died June 
loth, 1832. Besides the above offices these gentlemen held many 
others, a full account of which may be found in Rupp's History 
of Berks and Lebanon Counties, Pennsylvania, and in Lanman's 
Dictionary of Congress." — RoberdeaV Genealogy, page 152. 
' ^. 

tt WUUam Hiester served for one campaign in tlie Continental Army, Company of Captain 
neorge Wills, of his brother Major Gabriel Hlester's Batallion of mi. "Penn'a Archives, 2d 
Series, Vol. XIV, p. 255." 



FIRST GENERATION. 

Johannes and Catharine Hiester, 

Parents of the three brothers who came to America. They were 
natives of the town of Elsofif, in the Grafschaft, or county, of Wit- 
genstein, province of West PhaHa, in Silesia, Germany. 

SECOND GENERATION. 

CHILDREN OF JOHANNES AND CATHARINE HIESTER. 



Member of Family 


Born 


Married 


To Whom Married 


Died 




About . 
About . 
Jan. 1 


1707 
171C 
1713 


1750 


Mary Barbara Epler .. 

Elizabeth Strunk 

Catharine Sohuler 




Joseph 

Daniel 




Sept. 29, 1742 


June 7. 1795 



The first of the brothers to reach America was John, the eldest, 
who came over in 1732, being in the 25th year of his age. He 
settled in Goshenhoppen, then in Philadelphia, now in Montgom- 
ery county, Pa. He was followed by Joseph and Daniel on the 
ship "St. Andrew," from Rotterdam, who took the oath of alle- 
gience at Philadelphia on September 26th, 1^37, and immediately 
joined their brother. Joseph Hiester at this time signed himself 
Jost Hiisterr. Here Daniel purchased a farm already somewhat 
improved. Having thoroughly acquainted themselves with the 
nature of the country, the brothers united in purchasing a tract 
of land from the Proprietary Government, between two and three 
thousand acres in size, in Bern township of the present Berks 
county. Pa., extending from the old stone Bern church to the Tul- 
pehocken creek. On this property the two elder brothers located, 
while Daniel remained temporarily at Goshenhoppen until 1774, 
when he also removed to Berks county and took up his residence 
in the town of Reading, Pa. 

SECOND GENERATION (Continued). 

John Hiester, son of Johannes and Catharine Hiester, was 
born in the year 1707, and emigrated to America in 1732, from the 



village of ElsofF, in the province of West Phalia, Germany. He 
located first in Goshenhoppen, then in Philadelphia, now in Mont- 
gomery county. Some years afterwards he settled in Bern town- 
ship, Berks county, Pa., where he was then married to Mary Bar- 
bara Epler, daughter of one of the first settlers of that section of 
the country. He and his two brothers Joseph and Daniel, took 
up large tracts of land comprising several thousand acres and 
extending from the Bern church to the Tulpehockon creek, and 
there they carried on farming. John Hiester died in 1757, aged 
50 years. His wife, Mary Barbara Epler, was born August i6th, 
1732, died October 5th, 1809. The remains of both were buried 
in the graveyard appurtenant to the Bern church. John Hiester 
had only one son, Joseph, afterwards Governor of Pennsylvania. 



THIRD GENERATION. 

CHILDREN OP JOHN HIESTER AND MARY BARBARA EPLER. 



Jime 24, 1824. •^''/* , 
June 10, \«iS.J r^aUjJ^ 



/-7 



John Adam 


Oct. 
Oct. 
Jan. 
Dec. 
Oct. 


10, 1759 
29, 1761 

28', 1768 












May 12, 1821 
May 14, 1845 
Mar 4, 1836 


Mary Magdalene . . 




George Haln 

Adam Haln 








Sept. 13, 1827 









ne Hiester and John Ruth bad no children.] 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

CHILDREN OF JOSEPH HIESTER AND ELIZABETH WITMAN. 



Catharine 


June 22, 1772 
July 28. 1774 
Sept. 10, 1778 
July 4, 1781 
Mar. 20, 1784 
Mar. 20. 1784 


Apr. 


1, 1798 




Nov. 
Mar. 
July 
Jan. 




Maria Muhlenberg .... 


7 1840 




Oct. 
June 


14, 1804 
7, 1808 




Rebi'cca . 


Henry A. Muhlenberg . 


22, 1841 


Adam Wltman .... 
Mary EUzabeth . . . 




1805 


Henry A. Muhlenberg . 


Mar. 


21, 1806 



ary Barbara Epler. 



We win carry no further the descendants of John Hiester and 

SECOND GENERATION (Continued). 
Joseph Hiester, born about 1710, died about 1772, married 
Elizabeth Strunk. Came to America in 1738, and first went to live 



in Goshenhoppen, then Philadelphia, now Montgomery county. 
Several years afterward Joseph and his brothers John and Daniel 
united in purchasing from the Proprietary Government between 
two and three thousand acres of land in Bern township, Berks 
county, Pa. Here John and Joseph settled while Daniel remained 
at the old homestead in Goshenhoppen. 



THIRD GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF JOSEPH HIESTER AND ELIZABETH STRDNK. 



Mpmber of Family 


Bora 


Married 


To Whom Married 


Died 




Sept. 


25, 1754 




Catharine Albright. 


Sept. 17, 1820 






Catharine 


Nov. 


.... 1758 
5, 1761 




Nicholas Lleb 

Magdalene Albright . . 
Barbara Kaufman .... 


Sept. 3, 1813 
Apr. 16, 1827 














Susan Auman 






S: 


8, 1766 
4, i7ex 
11, 1770 












Elizabeth Beck 

Anna Maria Bentz .... 


Apr. 16, 1830 


William 











FOURTH GENERATION. 

JOHN HIESTER AND CATHARINE ALBRIGHT. 























Daniel 
















David Boone 










Margaret Reber 












Jacob 






Susan Kremer 





FOURTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OP JOHN CHRISTIAN HIESTER AND SDSAN RIESER. 



John 
















Joseiih 




Danli'l 




Mary 





Christian Iluyptt 
Jonas lluth 
Isaac HuMtt 
Mary Spongier 
Mary Ro'.o 
Eliza Gift 
Abraham Mover 



FOURTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN or CATHARINE HIESTER AND NICHOLAS LIE 









Catharine Larlch 




Susan 












.■.■.■.■.".■.•.".■.■.■.v., 


























Elizabeth 






David Grubor 




Catharine 










Sarah 












FOURTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF DANIEL niESTER AND MAGDALENA ALBRIGUT. 







(2) CHILDREN OP DANIEL HIESTER AND BARBARA KADPMAN. 










Catharlue 








Magdalene 














Catharine Enieiieh . .•T> 










(3) CHILDREN OF DANIEL HIESTER AND SUSAN AOMAN 






Eye Crarloff 




Thoiuas 1 -■■■ 




Christina Elierllufc 












































1 













FOURTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OP ANN ELIZA HIESTER AND JACOB VAN REED. 









William High 
































Jobu 






Catharine Hebenheiman 




























uuiotny ua u e 












































Hanna 






Samuel Hill 





FOURTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF JOSEPH HIESTER AND ELIZABETH BECK. 



FOURTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM HIESTER AND ANNA MARIA BENTZ. 



J3hn"i3entz 


















ir„!.a- }'«■'- 
















George 



















fui'ther the descendants of Jo 



Mary Smith 

Stein 

Porter . . . 

Pantz 

William Davis 

Bendrlct£a 

Splttler . . . 

Zitzer 



Hiestcr and Elizabeth Strunk. 



CO a 


M 








ii 








HH 


1-5Z 




II' 






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1 





SECOND GENERATION (Continued). 

Daniel Hiester, born in 1713, on the ist of January, married 
Catharine Schuler, September 29th, 1742, died June 7th, 1795. 
Came to this country with his brother Joseph in 1738 and settled 
in Goshenhoppen, then in Philadelphia, now called Montgomery 
county. Here he at once purchased a farm which was somewhat 
improved. Afterwards he united with his brothers in purchasing 
from the Proprietary Government between two and three thous- 
and acres of land in Bern township, Berks county, Pa. 

As previously stated, Daniel Hiester remained in Montgomery 
county until 1774, when he removed to Reading, Pa. He was a 
member of the Reformed church of old Goshenhoppen, his name 
appearing on the original roll of male members entered in 1746, 
by Pastor George Michael Weiss, on the church register. He 
lived on a property in Upper Salford township, immediately be- 
low the present village of Sumneytown, named after Isaac Sum- 
ney, who owned much property in that locality. He became a 
foremost man in the neighborhood. 

"In 1757 he built a fine two-story brick mansion on the east 
side of the turnpike, close to Ridge Valley creek. It was suffi- 
ciently prominent to be noted" on the map of Pennsylvania pub- 
lished by Nicholas Scull, the Province Surveyor, in 1759. It was 
a notable building in its day, and is still standing. A broad hall 
runs through the middle of the first story, on each side of which 
are spacious parlors ; the second story is divided into bed rooms ; 
above this is the roomy garret of the olden time. Heavy eaves 
run along the gable roof, and a corresponding cornice forms the 
lower part of the gable. It was originally provided with closets 
in which to hide plate during troublous times. In 1777 he was 
appointed a justice of the peace for Berks county where he was 

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then living." — Copied from a Hiester Record by Mr. H. M. M. 
Richards of Reading, Pa. 

"Daniel Hiester was buried at the stone Bern church in his 
wife's grave, which is to the left of him, and they have one grave- 
stone." — Hiester Prayer Book. 

Catharine (Schuler, or Schulerin) Hiester was born September 
loth, 1717, in Schippack, Philadelphia county, died August 17th, 
1789, aged 72 years, 11 months and 7 days, and was buried at the 
stone Bern church. Her father was Gabriel Schuler, a Nieder 
(low) German, or Netherlander. 

THIRD GENERATION. 



/Pf!^'--*^ 



CHILDREN OF DANIEL 


AND 


CATHARINE (SCHULER) HIESTER. 


Momber of Family 


Born 


M 


rried To Whom Married 


Died 


Margaretha 


Juue 26, 1743 
Apr. 9. 1745 
June 25, 1747 
June 17, 174-J 
Sept. 30. 1751 
Apr. 17. 1754 
June 10, 1757 


May 














. . . . 1770 Rosina Ilaper 

. . . . 17731 lOllzalwth Bausman . . . 






Sept. 1. 1824 














Mar. 


18, 1784 Anna Maria Meyer .... 


July 13, 1822 





Margaretha married Philip Hahn, who was born March 31st, 
[736, died April i6th 1821. They had five children. 

FOURTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF MARGARETHA HIESTER AND FUILIP IIAIIN. 



Member of Family 


Born 


Married T<. Wlium Married 


Died 


Catharine 




.T..bn Myers 












phufp .:::::;::: 

























John married Hanna Pawling, who was born November 25th, 
1747, died November 25th, 1822. They had seven children. 



FOURTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF JOHN HIESTER AND HANNA PAWLING. 



Member of Famllj- 


Born 


Married 


To Whom Married 


Died 








Margaret Connard 

Titlow 




































Vandcr3lice.. 
























i Mar? Beaver 













[Daniel Hiester and Rosina Hager had no children.] 



s THIRD GENERATION (Continued). 

Daniel, in 1784, was elected to the Supreme Executive Council 

of Pennsylvania, and in 1787 a commissioner of the Connecticut 

1 r land claims. After the Revolutionary War he returned to Berks 

\^ county, and was elected a member of the first, second, third and 

^ fourth Congresses of the United States. After this he removed 

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Hagerstown, Maryland, and was elected from that State a 
, member of the seventh and eighth Congresses. During his at- 
tendance upon the eighth Congress, he died at Washington, D. C, 
'^ and was buried at Hagerstown, Maryland. He was one of those 
\who voted for locating the seat of government on the Potomac. 
.Daniel Hiester was married in 1770 to Rosanna Hager, who was 
Vborn April 21st, 1752, and died January nth, 1810. She was the 
I daughter of Captain Jonathan Hager (and his wife Elizabeth, nee 
VfKrischner), who was a prominent citizen of Maryland, and found- 
Ver, in 1762, of the town of Hagerstown, first called by him Eliza- 
bfethtown, after his wife, then later Elizabeth Hagerstown. 



THIRD GENERATION (Continued). 
Gabriel Hie.ster was married in 1773 to Elizabeth Bausman 
who was born September 12th, 1751, died May 8th, 1832. She 
survived him eight years, dying in the 81st year of her age. 



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FOURTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CUILDREN OF GABltlEL UIESTER AND ELIZABETH BAUSMAN. 



Mi'ml«!r o( Family 


Born 


Married 


To Whom Married 


Died 












Gabriel 


Jau. 5, 17711 
Dec. 8. 1781 


1803 

Oct. 21, 1SU4 


Mary Otto 


Sept. 14, 1834 
Feb. 13, 1824 


M.iry Kosina 

William Bausmau 


Frpd. Aug. Shulze 





















FOURTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF CATHARINE UIESTER AND JONATHAN BISCHOFF. 



















ucorge oito 














Rosina 






















THIRD GENERATION (Continued). 

\ViLLi.\ji HiESTER was born in old Goshenhoppen, in Upper 
Salford township, where he remained with his parents until he was 
seventeen years of age, at which time they moved to Reading, Pa. 
( 1774). He went with them to Reading and Hved with them until 
he was twenty-seven years old, at which time he moved to Bern 
township, having been married to Anna Maria Meyer, March 
i8th, 1784 (see Hiester Prayer Book). Anna Maria Meyer was 
born in Tulpehockon, Lancaster county, December 28th, 1758, died 
October 4th, 1822. Her father was Isaac Myer (or Meier) who 
was the founder of Myerstown, Pa. He was born January 4th, 
1730, shot July 5, 1770, and is buried at Myerstown at the Tulpe- 
hockon church. His other children were John (who married 
Catharine Hahn), Elizabeth, Catharine and Eva." — Mr. H. M. 
M. Richards. 

William Hiester served for one campaign in the Continental 
Army, in the company of Captain George Wills, of his brother 
Major Gabriel Hiester's Battalion of 1777. — Penna. Archives, 
2d Series, Vol. XIV, page 255. 

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FOURTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM AND ANNA MARIA (MBYEK) HIBSTER. 



Member of Family 


Born 


Married 


To Whom Married 


Died 




June 22. 1785 
Nov. 22, 17S6 
Feb. 3, 1T89 

Oct. 13, 1795 
June 14, 1797 
June 9 1803i 


Apr. 10. 1810 


Hester Muhlenberg . . . 


Sept. 12, 1855 








Jonathan Miller 

Lucy Ellmaker 

Edw. Tllghman Clymer 


Apr. 21. ISn 


William 




Maila Catherine . . 


June 11, 1818 


Mar. 24, 1845 




i>'j>>:'jf:/i\!i^ 


William Eckert 


Sept. 22, 1857 
Sept. 15, 1854 
June 20. 1846 
Sept. 15. 1875 


John Philip 




Phoebe Rauch 

Caroline Amelia Musser 






July 5, 1848 





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Isaac Hiester was a practicing physician and the first presi- 
dent of the Reading Gas Company, a member of Christ Episco- 
pal Church, and one of the original members of the Charles Evans 
Cemetery Company, of which he was president at the time of his 
death, September I2th, 1855. His wife was a daughter of General 
Peter Muhlenberg, was born April ist, 1785, and died July 21st, 
1872, in the 88th year of her age. (See Prayer Book record.) 

Elizabeth Hiester married Jonathan Miller, son of Benjamin 
Miller and his wife Catharine (Pepper) Miller, and both are 
buried at Charles Evans Cemetery at Reading, Pa. Jonathan 
Miller died March 24th, 1868. (This last date was given me by 
Mrs. N. T. Biddle, San Jose, Cal. (See Prayer Book record.) 

William Hiester resided at New Holland, Lancaster county, 
and was a Congressman from that district from 1833-1835. (See 
Prayer Book record. lA^a^^a^ ,^^-^^ ^./^J^C'^ . t7E-s_<2-du^ 

Maria Catherine Hiester married Edward Tilghmair Cly 
mer, and lived on a farm in the Conestoga Valley near Morgan- 
town, Berks county, Pa., until December, 1839, when she moved 
to Reading Pa. 

Extract from Mrs. Maria C. Clymer's diary: "In December, 
1839, we went to Reading into Uncle John's house. Uncle Wil- 
liam brought A. Kitty, Mary, George, and myself up in his car- 
riage. Hiester had come up some time before to stay with his 
Uncle John. 

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"Mrs. Clymer was an active manager of the Reading Benevo- 
lent Society from the time of her removal to Reading until her 
death. For several years she presided as directress of the board, 
and was regarded with that affection and respect that her pro- 
priety of deportment ever commanded. To a judgment always to 
be relied upon was added a gentleness of manner and firmness of 
purpose that peculiarly fitted her for the office." — Extract from 
Eleventh Annual Report of Reading Benevolent Society, Decem- 
ber 30, 1845. 

She died in Reading and was buried in the burial ground of St. 
Thomas' Church (Episcopal), Morgantown. The funeral sermon 
was preached by the Rev. Levi Bull, D.D., from i Cor. 15:51, 52. 
Funeral services were performed by the Rev. R. U. Morgan. Her 
body was afterward removed to Charles Evans Cemetery, Read- 
ing, Pa., as were also those of her husband and infant son, Weid- 
nor, and her husband's father and mother. (See Prayer Book 
record.) 

D.\NiEL JoN.VTHAN HiESTER was a practicing lawyer in Read- 
ing, Pa., until a short time before his death, when he went to live 
with his sister, Mrs. Maria Heister Clymer, wife of Edward T. 
Clymer, in the Conestoga Valley, near Morgantown, Berks county. 
Pa. While at her home he was taken sick and died. ( See Prayer 
Book record.) 

Rebecca Hiester was married to William Eckert of Reading, 
Pa., who died June 4th, 1861, aged 65 years and 23 days. (See 
Prayer Book record.) 

John Philip Hiester was a practicing physician and one of 
the most scholarly men that Berks county has produced (Mont- 
gomery's History of Berks County). >^'^ ^ ^ ^ -^ ^ 

He was married three times. First, to -Judith- Hahn, who died 
October 31st, 1839. They had no children. Second, to Phoebe 

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Ranch, who died June 20th, 1846. They had no children. Third, 
Caroline Amelia Musser, born December 28th, 1808, died Novem- 
ber 8th, 1875, and was buried at Beloit, Wisconsin. Her father 
was John Musser and her mother was Mary Catharine Muhlen- 
ber. She was married to Dr. Hiester, July 5th, 1848. 



FIFTH GENERATION. 

CHILDREN OF ISAAC AND HESTER (MUHLENBERG) HIESTER. 


Member of Family 


Born 


Married 


To Whom Married 


Died 




Oct. 2S. 1812 
May 3, 1815 
May 15, 1818 
Mar. 11, 1829 


June 10, 1840 


Prlngle Jones 




retor Muhlenberg . 
William Muhlenher 
Frank Muhlenberg 




June 12. 1849 
June 5, 185C 


Julia F. Roland 

Ella V. Lauman 


Aug. 16, 1878 
Apr. 9, 1864 



William Muhlenberg Hiester was born in Reading, Pa., 
May 15th, 1818; was admitted to the Reading bar January 7th, 
1840. On June 12th, 1849, he married J ulia F. Rol and^ Was 



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Pennsylvania State Senator, 1852-1855, and speaker of the same^^^^^g^-. ^ 
in 1855. Appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth January, f 

1858-61, by Governor William F. Packer. (From Muhlenberg ^Z '^^^^ ^ 
Record, by H. M. M. Richards). His mother was Hester Muh- 
lenberg, daughter of General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, of 
Revolutionary fame, who was born October i, 1746, married April 
loth, 1810, died October i, 1807. She, Hester Muhlenberg Hies- 
ter, was born April ist, 1785, died July 21st, 1872, at the advanced 
age of 87 years. William Muhlenberg Hiester died in Reading 
August i6th, 1878, leaving a widow and one child, Isaac, a prac- 
ticing lawyer in Reading. 

Frank Muhlenberg Hiester, graduate Medical Department 
University of Pennsylvania, 1852 ; spent eighteen months in medi- 
cal hospital of Paris, France ; followed his profession in Reading, 
Pa. Assistant Surgeon 55th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 
1861, then Brigade Surgeon with rank of major. Medical Direc- 
tor, Department of Ohio. (Muhlenberg Record by Mr. H. M. M. 
Richards.) 

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SIXTH GENERATION. 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM MUHLENBERG HIESTER AND JOLIA ROLAND. 



issotgi^ : '4(^M S['/^iaJij^Mi']S'aJiA^": 





CHILDREN 


OP FRANK 


MUHLENBERG HIESTER AND ELLA V. 


LAUMAN. 






•orge Lauman . 
ma Muhlenberg 
Jwardlne Lauma 


.1 May 
. Jan. 
n Oct. 


29, 
13, 

28. 


ill 








Jnne 5, 


1857 


A 
F 


Oct'.'" 


"'isS9 Job 


'H.ciintonMcSberry 
n A Ilongerworir 











SEVENTH GENERATION. 

CHILDREN OF EDWARDINB IJ1.DMAN HIESTER AND JOHN A. HOOGEKWERFF. 



■We have decided that it will be less confusing to the reader to 
carry down in direct succession as many generations as there are 
of the children of William Hiester and Anna Maria (Meyers) 
Hiester rather than to give all the generations of the families as 
has been the plan followed out in part of this record. 



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FIFTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF ELIZABETH HIESTER AND JONATHAN MILLER. 


Member of Family 


Born 


Married 


To Whom Married 


Died 




Oct. 23, 181.3 
Apr. 17, 1817 


Nov. 6, 1832 


James IIu.y Van Reed. 


May 1. iv.ii; 
July 30. isu- 









Juliana Hiester Miller was baptized in her grandfather 
William Hiester's house in Bern township, Pa., by a cousin of her 
mother, James Reily, V. D. M., of Hagerstown, Maryland. Her 
sponsors were William Hiester and his wife Anna Maria Myers. 
She was sent to a Moravian school at Lititz, Pa., finishing her 
education at Judge McKane's boarding school, which was called 
"The Gothic Mansion," and was on Chestnut street, Philadelphia, 
between Eighth and Ninth streets. On November 6th, 1832, she 
was married to James Huy Van Reed, by Rev. Mr. Hendel, of 
Millbach, Pa. Their groomsmen were his brother Joshua Van 
Reed and John Jones, and their bridesmaids her cousins, Anna 
Hiester and Julia Shultz. In 1854 they moved to San Francisco, 
Cal., where they made their home for a number of years, spending 
their summers at Mountain View Ranch. Mr. Van Reed died 
August 19th, 1884, and his wife died May 1st, 1892, both are 
buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose, Cal., where lies the body 
of their son Eugene. 

SIXTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF JULIANA MILLER AND JAMBS IIDY VAN REED. 



Mrmber of Family 


Borh 


Married 


To Whom Married 


Died 










Lived 8 weeks. 
Feb 2. 1873 


Eugene Miller 


Apr. e, 18.35 
Aug. 23. 181)0 
Feb. 4. 1840 
Apr. 4, 1841 






Kale Josephine . . . 
Margaretta Pepper 






Nov. 22. 1876 

Aug.' is»o 


1865 


.Noble T. Biddle 









Eugene Miller Van Reed was first Consul General of the Sand- 
wich Islands to the Court of Japan, from 1866-1873, when he died 
aboard the "Japan" in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on his voy- 
age home. He was buried in the Masonic Cemetery at the foot of 

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Lone Mountain, San Francisco, Cal., in a beautiful spot looking 
westward through the "Golden Gate" to the setting sun and the 
"Silent Land," "the Land of the Departed." His life has been a 
benediction to us all — so loving and kind. 

Margaret Pepper Van Reed was married 1865, to Noble T. Bid- 
die, a lawyer from Elkton, Maryland. The ceremony was per- 
formed in the First Presbyterian Church, Reading, Pa., by Dr. 
E. J. Richards, who used the Episcopal service, and her cousin, 
Hiester Clymer, gave her away. She went with her husband to 
Elkton, Maryland, to live, and there their four children were born. 

Mr. Noble T. Biddle was born in 1838, at White Hall, Third 
District, near Elkton, Maryland, and was the second child of 
Noble Biddle and Francina Miriam Pugh. He attended the school 
of Mrs. James Woodford, then Elkton Academy, and from 1853- 
1854 New London Academy. He read law with Colonel John C. 
Groome, father of James B. Groome, Governor of Maryland, who 
was studying at the same time. He was admitted to the Elkton bar 
in i860; opened a law office in Elkton in 1867; was elected State 
Attorney for four years, county commissioner, and especial auditor 
of the Circuit Court in Equity in 1871. Went to San Jose, Cal., 
1881, where he continued the practice of law until the time of his 
death, which occurred at Pacific Grove, Cal., November 28, 1902. 
He was a Democrat and carried the banner of his party to his last 
campaign, 1902. Was a nominee for Supreme Judge by the Dem- 
ocratic party in 1902, but was defeated. 

William Edward Van Reed lived in San Francisco, Cal., and 
was a retired captain of the 5th U. S. Art'y. He died August, 



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SEVENTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF MARGARETTA PEPPER VAN BEED AND NOBLE T. DIDDLE 



Member of Family 


Born 


Married 


To Whom Married 


Died 


Florence Van Reed 


Aug. 18, 1860 
Aug. B. 1860 
July 24, 1872 
Aug. 13, 1874 


Oct. 2, 1895 


Benjamin Rickets . . . 


^^^ 


James Noble 

Julian Blester .... 






June 17, 1903 


Eva G. CbamberUn... | 



EIGHTH GENERATION. 

CHILD OF FLORENCE VAN BEED BIDDLE AND BENJAMIN RICKETS. 
Noble George I Sept. 28, 189c| I I 



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FIFTH GENERATION. (Continued.) 

CHILDREN OF MARIA C. OIESTER AND EDWARD T. CLYMER. 



Member of Family 


Born 


Married 


To Wlinm Married 


Died 


Daniel Roberdeau. 
William Blester . . 
Edward Myers .... 


Mar. 
Oct. 
July 

^Z 

Not. 


31. 1819 
9, 1820 
16, 1822 
12. 1824 
19, 1825 
3. 1827 


Jane 12, 1855 
Jan. 27, 1864 




May 5, 1SS9 
July 26, 1SS3 
May 25, 1883 
July 16. 1824 
Not. 26, 1878 


Valeria Smith 

Ella Maria Dietz 


Mary Hiester 


Aag. 10, 1852 
Apr. 3, 1856 
Apr. 26. 1881 
Jane 29, 186^ 


William B. Clymer .. 
Eliaobetb M. Brooke . . 






George Edward . . . 


Oan. 


8, 1830 


Alice Carey Swift 


July 7. 1895 



Daniel Roberdeau Clymer, eldest son of Maria Catherine Hies- 
ter and Edward Tilghman Clymer, was born at the Clymer home- 
stead in Caernarvon township, Berks county, Pa., March 31, 1819. 
After receiving his education at Lititz, Lancaster county, he en- 
gaged in the mercantile business in Reading, Pa., which he pur- 
sued until 1852. From 1853-1854 he was mayor of Reading, and 
some years later held a position in the East Pennsylvania Rail- 
road Company, which he resigned in 1869, after which time he 
was not in business. He was also a lawyer, having been admitted 
to the bar August 20th, 1857, but was never engaged in the active 
practice of the law. He was married at Mercersburg March 31st, 
1846, to Delia Pierson, daughter of Silas and Sarah Pierson, of 
Morristown, New Jersey. Mrs. Oymer was born January 8th, 
1824, and died June 14th, 1861. They had five children. Mr. 
Clymer was well known over the whole State and highly esteem- 
ed by a large circle of friends. He was a devout member of the 
Episcopal church, and was looked upon as a faithful and upright 
Christian gentleman. His death occurred after a short illness at 
his residence in Reading, Pa., May 5th, 1889. — Extract from a 
newspaper article published at the time of his death. 
SIXTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF DANIEL ROBERDEAU CLYMER AND DELIA TIERSON. 



Member of Family 


Born Married 


To Whom Married 


Died 















June 24, 1849 


June 22, 1868 
July 26, 1800 








Bev.it.H.McKim,D.D. 






May 28. 1S51 
Not. 6, 1854 
Oct. 21, 1856 


Not. 7. iS7:: 
Dec 7 IN."''- 


_«iw44. Roberdeau Jr 






Hiester George . . . 






NoT. 21, IS.-^ 



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46 



47 



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SEVENTH GENERATION (Continned). 

CHILDREN OF SARAH ANNA MOORE CLYMER AND EDWARD BROOKE. 



Member of Family 



Annie Clymer 

Robert Edward . . . 
George Clymer . . . 
Frederick Hiester 



Mar. 28, 1870 

July 7, 1872 

June 5, 1875 

Oct. 0, 1876 



1, 1891 
22, 1898 
12, 1901 



To Whom Married 



Blair Lee 

Cornelia L. Ewlng 

Rhoda Fuller Morris. 



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EIGHTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF ANNIE CLYMER BROOKE AND BLAIR LEE. 







Phillips Blair 

Arthur Fitzgerald . 


Dee. I'. i9oo| :::::.::::::::! '///.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'..Ij^^^iLI^^.'.'j^ 


CHILDREN 


OF ROBERT EDWARD BROOKE AND CORNELIA EWIN9^ 


Rolwrt Clymer 

Mnskell Ewlng . . . 


Dec. 12, 1898] 1 | 

Feb. 19. 19031 1 1 


CHILDREN Ol 


GEORGE CLYMER BROOKE AND RHODA POLLER MORRIS. 


Rhoda Morris 


«-• i^^'H 1 1 



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FIFTH GENERATION (Continued). 
William Hiester Clymer, second son of Maria Catharine Hies- 
ter and Edward Tilghman Clymer, was born at the Clymer home-/. /"^^/^ 
stead in Caernarvon township, near Morgantown, Berks county ^z^lt^**.^,^ 
Pa., October 9th, 1820. His father dying while the children were 
all small, the subject of this sketch was placed in charge of his 
uncle, William Hiester, of New Holland, Lancaster county, where 
he was in his uncle William's store for a short time and subse- 
quently sent to Lititz to school. He afterwards came to Reading 
and he and his brother, Daniel R. Clymer, opened a dry goods 
store at 518 Penn street. Later they moved their store to the 
building on the southwest corner of Fifth and Penn streets, which 
property they bought Some years after William Clymer sold out 
his interest in the store to his brother Daniel, and, in 1846, he and 
his brother Edward M. Clymer purchased the charcoal furnace 
at Mt. Laurel, Berks county, where he, William H. Clymer, re- 
sided until 1882 with the exception of about two years, from 



1864-1866, when he lived in Reading. In i860 he and his broth- 
ers purchased the Old Oley charcoal furnace near Friedensburg, 
one of the oldest charcoal furnaces in the United States, and 
commenced mining iron ore extensively. The Temple furnace, 
a large and perfectly equipped anthracite furnace adjoining the 
East Pennsylvania Railroad at Temple, five miles north of Read- 
ing, was built by William H. Clymer and Company, and run by 
them until 1870, when the Temple Iron Company was organized 
with William H. Clymer as its president. About 1880 the Cly- 
mer brothers had the Mt. Laurel furnace changed from a char- 
coal to an anthracite furnace and a railroad, one and a half miles 
in length, was built from the East Pennsylvania Railroad at Tem- 
ple to the furnace. After these improvements were made the 
brothers organized the Clymer Iron Company, a corporation 
which included in its operations the Mt. Laurel furnace, Oley 
furnace, extensive limestone quarries at Bower's Station, iron ore 
mines near Pricetown, and a number of mines along the East 
Penn. Railroad. This corporation, of which William H. Clymer 
was president, was entirely independent of the Temple Iron Com- 
pany, of which he was also the president. About a year before his 
death Mr. Qymer resigned the presidency of these companies on 
account of ill health and was succeeded by his brother Hiester 
Clymer. He, however, retained the presidency of the First Na- 
tional Bank of Reading, which he held from 1876 until his death. 
He removed with his family to Reading, Pa., September, 1882, 
and died there July 26th, 1883. He had a large acquaintance and 
was greatly respected for his sterling character. Was a man of 
excellent judgment, and his advice was frequently sought upon 
many important matters. He was brought up an Episcopalian, 
and was a member of Christ church, Reading, at the time of his 
death. On June 12th, 1855, he married Valeria, eldest daughter 

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of Levi B. Smith. She was born March 14th, 1828, and died 
August 17th, 1901. Their family consisted of six childern, all 
of whom survived. 



SIXTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM HIESTER CLYMER AND VALERIA SMITH. 



Emily Smith 

Edward Tilghman 
William niester ., 

Levi Smith 

Valeria Elizabeth , 
Frederick Hlester 



To Whom Married 



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SEVENTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OP EDWARD TILGHMAN CLYMER AND ADA BURNO. 



/<)-/' 



CHILDREN OF LEVI SMITH CLYMER AND CLARA MATILDA RIEGEL. 



Apr. 14, 18921. 



CHILDREN OP VALERIA ELIZABETH CLYMER AND SAMUEL SMITH HILL. M.D. 



Samuel Smith Jr. 



FIFTH GENERATION (Continued). 

Edward Myers Clymer, third son of Maria Catharine Hiester 
and Edward Tilghman Clymer, was born at the Clymer home- 
stead in Caernarvon township, near Morgantown, Berks county, 
Pa., July i6th, 1822. He went to the local schools in his early 
youth, and afterward to the Abbeville Academy in Lancaster 
county, and to the academy of Joshua Hoopes, at West Chester. 
He then selected the law as his profession, and after pursuing his 
legal studies for a while under William Strong, Esq., he entered 
the Harvard Law School, from which he was graduated in 1845. 
Upon his return to Reading he was admitted to the bar on August 
4th, 1845. He then opened a law office and soon acquired a lucra- 
tive business, which he continued until 1857, ^'^ which time he 



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became thoroughly interested in projecting the East Pennsylvania 
Railroad from Reading to Allentown. His efforts in this enter- 
prise were entirely successful and he became the first president of 
the company and continued in this office until the road was leased 
to the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company. In 1874 he 
was chosen president of the Coal Company belonging to the New 
York, Lake Erie and Western Railroad Company, which it owned 
and operated in Pennsylvania, and he held this position until his 
death, which occurred in New York City May' 25, 1883. He was 
popular in social and business circles and united to a more than 
common business sagacity an abundance of well-directed energy, 
qualities which received marked development in the building of 
the East Penn. Railroad and the proposed continuation of a sys- 
tem of underground railway under Broadway, New York. He 
was married on January 24th, 1864, to Ella Maria Dietz, daughter 
of William H. Dietz, of New York City. They had one child, a 
son, Edward Myers Clymer, born May 6th, 1869, who survived 
him, as did also his widow. — Information gained from "Rober- 
deau Genealogy," by Roberdeau Buchanan ; also extracts from 
"History of Berks County," by Morton Montgomery, and news- 
paper clippings published at the time of his death. 

FIFTH GENERATION (Continued). 
Mary Hiester Clymer, only daughter of Maria Catharine Hies- 
ter and Edward Tilghman Clymer, was born at the Clymer home- 
stead in Caernarvon township, Berks county. Pa., July 19th, 1825. 
She was married August 10th, i85'2, in Christ Church, Reading, 
Pa., by the Rev. Milton Lightner, rector, to her cousin, William 
Bingham Clymer, the eldest son of Henry and grandson of 
George Clymer, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independ- 
ence. (See this family in the Lloyd and Carpenter Genealogy, 

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by C. P. Smith, Esq.) Mr. Clymer was born at the homesteadj 
near Trenton, Bucks county, Pennsylvania ; his mother having been 
Mary Willing. He received a liberal education, graduating with 
credit at Princeton College ; and studied law, but never practiced. 
When quite young he assumed the management of the Bingham 
estate. In 1842, was appointed general agent for the northern 
counties of Pennsylvania, and in 1845, established the general 
office of the estate at Wellsboro. His management of the large 
property was highly successful, so that in 1867 he was appointed 
a trustee. He ever carefully considered the rights and interests 
of all, and enjoyed the confidence of the trustees, while his cour- 
tesy, kindness and perfect integrity commanded the respect of the 
tenants and others on the estate. Mr. and Mrs. Clymer resided 
for a time at Wellsboro, Tioga county, where all their children 
were born with the exception of the third, who was born in Phila- 
delphia. Their children were all baptized by Rev. Mr. Marple, 
rector of Christ Church, Wellsboro. In July, 1869, they sailed 
for Europe, taking all their children for the advantages of educa- 
tion; and while abroad, on the 28th of May, 1873, Mr. Clymer 
died of apoplexy in Florence, Italy. The family then returned to 
Philadelphia in the autumn. Mr. Clymer's remains were sent 
home and are interred in Charles Evans Cemetery, near Reading, 
Pa. In November, 1878, Mrs. Clymer and her children left 
America with the intention of settling on the continent, but she 
and two of her children, Richard and Maria, were drowned in the 
English Channel before they reached their destination ; the vessel 
in which they took passage having been lost November 26th, 1878. 
(Copied from the "Roberdeau Genealogy," by Roberdeau Bu- 
chanan, pages 176 and 177; also newspaper notices published at 
the time of accident.) 

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SIXTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF MAKY HIESTER CLYMER AND WILLIAM BINGHAM CLYMEB. 



Member of Family 


Born 


Married 


To Wh 


om Married 


Died 




June 10, 1853 
Dee. 13, 1854 
Dec. 9. 1866 
April 10, 1858 
Feb. 11, 1862 
Sept. 19, 1865 


Sept.'isi'iss-i 

;.'!!!!!.'! '1888 


Gnglicim 


J Grant 


Nov 

Mar. 
Nov 
Nov 






M 1858 


Richard WilUng . . 

Maria Blester 

Rosa NlcoUs 


26, 1878 
26 1878 



FIFTH GENERATION (Continued). 

Hiester Clymer, fifth son of Maria Catharine Hiester and Ed- 
ward Tilghman Clymer, was born at the Clymer homestead in 
Caernarvon township, Berks county, Pa., November 3d, 1827. He 
received a liberal education, graduating from the College of New 
Jersey in 1847, 3"*^ taking up the study of the law, was admitted 
to the bar of Berks county April 6th, 1849, ^^er which he prac- 
ticed in Reading and Pottsville. He was married April 3d, 1856, 
to Elizabeth M. Brooke, daughter of Matthew Brooke, of Birds- 
boro, Pa. They resided in Reading where their two children 
were born and died, and where Mrs. Clymer died October 9th, 
1870. 

He was a delegate to the Democratic Convention at Charles- 
ton in i860, and in the same year was a meinber of the Revenue 
Commissioners. Served as State Senator 1860-1866. Became the 
Democratic candidate for governor in the latter year, but was de- 
feated by Governor Geary. In 1870 he was appointed by the 
Governor a member of the Board of Public Charities, then just or- 
ganized. In 1873 he was elected a representative to the Forty- 
third Congress from Berks county, as a Democrat; and served 
on the committee on the Revision of the Laws, on Public Lands 
and on the Library. He was re-elected to the Forty-fourth Con- 
gress and was placed on the committee on Expenditures of the 
War Department, and the Joint Standing Committee on the Li- 
brary. Also re-elected to Congress in 1876 and 1878. In 1880 

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Mr. Clymer was succeeded in Congress from the Berks district 
by Hon. Daniel Ermentrout, and from that time until his death 
resided in Reading. His discussion with State Senator A. K. 
■McClure in February, 1861, in the State Senate, on the repeal of 
the tonnage tax on the traffic of the Pennsylvania Railroad Com- 
pany, brought him prominently before the public. The crowning 
act of his congressional life was his presentation to Congress of 
the special committee report touching the rascalities of William W. 
Belknap, President Grant's Secretary of War, which created a 
great sensation throughout the land. His career in the Senate of 
Pennsylvania was distinguished for dignity and courtesy of de- 
meanor, readiness, force and eloquence in debate, and steadfast 
devotion to the best interests of the Commonwealth. He was in- 
terested in the iron business and at the time of his death was presi- 
dent of the Clymer Iron Company. He was married April 26th, 
..^-^882, to Mrs. J. B. Clemens {nee Von Schrader), of St. 
Louis, Mo. 

Mr. Clymer died June 12th, 1884, at which time he was vice- 
president of the Union Trust Company of Philadelphia ; president 
of the Clymer Iron Company, which operated the Mt. Laurel and 
Oley furnaces; a director of the Reading Fire Insurance and 
Trust Company, from the time of its organization, and a trustee 
of the Charles Evans Cemetery. 

( Material for this sketch was taken from the Roberdeau Gene- 
alogy, by Roberdeau Buchanan ; Montgomery's "History of Berks 
County," page 512, and newspaper articles published at the time 
of his death.) 

SIXTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF HIESTEE CLYMER AND ELIZABETH M. BROOKE. 



Member of Family 


Born 


Married 


To Whom Married 


Died 




Mar. 18, 1850 






Jen. 12, 1865 
Jan. 24, 1861 















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FIFTH GENERATION (Continued). 
George Edward Clymer, youngest child of Maria Catharine 
Hiester and Edward Tilghman Clymer, was born at the Clymer 
homestead in Caernarvon township, Berks county, Pa., January 
8th, 1830. He was sent to the Reading Academy and from there 
to Princeton College, from which institution he graduated in 
1849. He then became associated with his brothers William, Ed- 
ward and Hiester in the iron business in Eastern Pennsylvania, 
owning the Mt. Laurel and Oley furnaces and other property con- 
nected with the iron business. In 1858 he went to Mexico and 
joined a party who surveyed the route for a railroad from Vera 
Cruz to the city of Mexico. In the summer of 1861 Mr. Clymer 
raised a company of cavalry which became attached to the 6th 
Pennsylvania Regiment, Colonel R. H. Rush, of which Mr. Cly- 
mer was made major in March, 1862. During 1865-1868 he was 
occupied in mining in Nevada and Chihuahua, Mexico. In 187Q 
Mr. Cylmer severed his connection with his brothers in the iron 
business and removed to Cincinnati, where he became interested 
in the Swift Iron and Steel Works of Newport, Kentucky, of 
which his father-in-law was president. Mr. Clymer was elected 
vice-president in 1874, and removed with his family to Newport. 
In 1884 he returned to Reading and again became interested in 
the iron business, and after the death of his brother Hiester, 
bought the Mt. Laurel furnace property, and operated the furnace 
until two years before his death when he retired from active busi- 
ness and settled in Reading. Major Clymer was married June 
29th, 1868, to Alice Cary Swift, daughter of Alexander Swift, of 
Cincinnati. She died in Jacksonville, Florida, February 14th, 
1873, leaving two children. Mr. Clymer died in Reading July 
7th, 1895. He was the Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 62, dur- 



ing the years 1855 and 1856, and was also a member of the Sons 
of the RevoUition and of the Loyal Legion. 

Information in this sketch was taken from the "Roberdeau Gen- 
ealogy," by Roberdeau Buchanan, and newspaper articles pub- 
lished at the time of his death. 



SIXTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF GEORGE EDWARD CLTMER AND ALICE GARY SWIFT. 



Member of Family 


Born 


Married 


To Whom M.arrled 


Died 




Jane 16, 1871 
July 25, 1872 








George Alexander . 






May 1. 1873 






FIFTH GENERATION (Continued). 

CHILDREN OF JOHN PHILIP HIESTER AND CAROLINE AMELIA MDSSEE. 


Member of Family 


Born 


Married 


To Whom Married 


Died 




Sept. 2, 1849 
Mar. 29, 1851 
Apr. 10, 1854 






Apr. 20, 1851 








Mary Aug. Cath. . . 


May 13, 1885 


George A. Reid 





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